Socceroo striker Josh Kennedy retires from football

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Former Australian international and striker has announced his retirement from professional football.

The 32-year-old, who scored the goal which sealed qualification to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, has called time on his 15-year career due to the on-going injuries concern.

Kennedy played for nearly a decade in Germany before departing to Japan to don Nagoya Grampus’ jersey, where he won the J-League title in 2010 and was the league’s top scorer that year and in 2011.

Melbourne City was his last destination, helping them to finish sixth in the Hyundai regular season and reach the semifinals before losing 3-0 to cross-town rivals Melbourne Victory.

“Unfortunately the demands of professional football over the years has taken its toll on me physically,” said Kennedy in a statement on the club’s official website.

“And after consultation with family and friends, I have made the decision to step away from playing [professional football].

“I am extremely proud of my achievements throughout my career and grateful to have represented the Socceroos at the highest level,” he added.

Kennedy has appeared in 36 international games for , scoring 17 goals. He was also a part of Socceroos in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups but missed the 2014 edition after breaking down with an injury.